This is what we’re reduced to in these days of lockouts, injunctions, stays and other bummers: Arden Hills highway improvement cost estimate updates.
Well it turns out fixing the roads out to the site of the proposed new Vikings stadium will not cost as much as previously thought. The number was set as high as $175 million, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation has reduced that significantly, putting in an official estimate of $131 million.
This is obviously a positive development for the Arden Hills proposal which is far from a done deal, even with the NFL offering to kick in a chunk of the cost. Did I mention that the legislative session is dwindling down to its final days? Then again, the world is going to end this weekend anyway, isn’t it? So none of this actually matters.
When all is said and done, I think the Arden Hills plan will get approved. Why do I think this? Because Zygi Wilf wants it, Roger Goodell wants it and the fans want it. The only ones who may not want it are the party-poopers who are worried about the cost. And those people can always be bribed with favors.
Maybe Zygi could promise to include something snobbish in the new stadium plan. A library or a dog park or a place for playing hacky-sack. Gotta keep the hippies happy. This would be a lot easier if everyone liked football and didn’t mind paying higher taxes.